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April 2019

TruthSayers: Rob Wilson
April 1 @ 7:00 pm

Rob Wilson is a financial advisor that has been dubbed “Hip Hop’s Financial Advisor” because he is a trusted advisor to professional athletes & entertainers; Rob believes that we can all learn from their success. Rob is originally from Pittsburgh and received his bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and his Master’s in Business Administration from the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University. Wilson has been featured on CNN, FOX 29 in Philadelphia, KDKA…

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TRAP Karaoke
April 12 @ 8:00 pm

TRAP Karaoke began in the fall of 2015 after Jason Mowatt, a music festival organizer, envisioned what he calls a “user-generated concert” experience, placing fans at the center of the concert experience. The result? A platform on top of music; a backdrop for life; a nexus into cultural participation, personal empowerment, cherished moments, human connection, and community! TRAP Karaoke is about personal empowerment, cultural participation, cherished moments, community, and creating a safe space for human connection.

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Jazzmeia Horn
April 19 @ 8:00 pm

Heralded as the future of jazz, Jazzmeia Horn is the winner of the 2015 Theolonius Monk International Vocal Jazz Competition. The Grammy Award nominated vocalist has appeared at such prestigious venues as The Apollo Theater, The Blue Note, Minton’s, The Jazz Standard, and Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola. Jazzmeia returns to Pittsburgh to offer vocal stylings from her vast repertoire of classics and new songs of her very own.

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AWCommunity Day
April 20 @ 11:00 am

This free family-friendly event features local vendors, artisans, performers and community building at August Wilson Cultural Center. Guests can enjoy dance, music, theater, and more! AWCommunity Day is a quarterly  event that is proudly sponsored by UPMC.

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How I Learned What I Learned
April 20 @ 3:00 pm

In celebration of August Wilson’s birthday, AWCommunity Day attendees can look forward to a special performance of “How I Learned What I Learned”, an autobiographical monologue originally performed by the late playwright in 2003. Wali Jamal, an accomplished actor from Pittsburgh, is among only a few men in the world who have performed this one man show. Jamal is no stranger to the work of August Wilson, he's one of the only actors to have performed in every play in…

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Take Center Stage
April 26 @ 6:00 pm

APRIL 26, 2019 WILL MARK A NEW DAWN FOR THE AUGUST WILSON CULTURAL CENTER. Take center stage with us at this exceptional event celebrating the August Wilson Cultural Center, Pittsburgh’s dynamic home for performing and visual arts honoring the legacy of August Wilson. GALA ARTISTIC CO-CHAIRS: CONSTANZA ROMERO WILSON Costume designer and widow  of August Wilson RUBEN SANTIAGO HUDSON Tony Award-winning Wilsonian  actor and director HONORARY ARTISTIC CO-CHAIR: PHYLICIA RASHAD Tony Award-winning actress, singer and stage director ON CUE 6:00PM…

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May 2019

Smoothfest Weekend: Maysa
May 10 @ 8:00 pm

A unique, instantly identifiable vocal sound encompassing both Jazz and R&B. Grammy-nominated Soul/Jazz Maysa, celebrates her 25th year as a solo recording artist this year. Maysa's journey took her from singing upon graduation with Stevie Wonder for a year to becoming the lead singer for Incognito in the 90s. Maysa is now touring her newest album, LOVE IS A BATTLEFIELD, a hand-picked collection of Maysa's favorite songs, redone with her own unique soulful twist, solidifying her as the greatest Soul-Jazz…

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Smoothfest – Phil Perry
May 11 @ 8:00 pm

Vocalist Phil Perry is a soulful singer/songwriter with decades of experience in the pop, R&B, and jazz idioms who got his start as a member of the soul vocal group the Montclairs. He’s performed with Anita Baker, Peabo Bryson, Chaka Khan, and many others. In 1991, he launched his solo career with the release of his debut album, The Heart of the Man, on Capitol in 1991. More of his own albums followed, many featuring contributions from his wife, vocalist…

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The (R)evolution of Indigenous Food Systems of North America​ with Chef Sean Sherman
May 31 @ 7:00 pm

The Westmoreland Museum of American Art, in partnership with the August Wilson​ Cultural Center, presents a talk by Sherman, Oglala Lakota​ from the Pine Ridge reservation and the founder of​ The Sioux Chef. Chef Sean is committed to revitalizing​ Native American cuisine. He is renowned nationally and​ internationally as a leader of a movement to completely​ redefine North American cuisine through the understanding​ and utilization of indigenous food knowledge.​ Tickets: $30 members/$38.75 non-members​ Generous support for this project provided by…

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June 2019

Wall of Sound: The Bill Henry Band
June 14 @ 8:00 pm

The Bill Henry Band, formed in 2016, is one of Pittsburgh's preeminent R&B acts. BHB regularly sells out performances, with a loyal fan base that eagerly attends their regular outings at Rivers Casino and Savoy, and follows the band to any other venues. BHB's stylings effortlessly segway through R&B, soul, funk and hip hop. The band's performances are well-rehearse. The Bill Henry Band has opened for R&B acts such as Avant, Case, Bobby Valentino, Lakeside, and ZAPP.

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